Kansas begins nonconference play with Campbell
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|Game 1: vs. Campbell|
|Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)|
|Field Goal %||33.8||41.4|
|3-PT Field Goal %||30.1||32.1|
|Free Throw %||65.3||60.0|
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s basketball begins its 2017-18 nonconference play with Campbell on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m., inside Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be broadcast on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3 and the Jayhawk Radio Network.
AROUND THE ARENA
The Jayhawks will be celebrating Salute to Service Day with $5 admission to all active and retired military personnel and first responders who have proper identification. Fans can enjoy Jay Days with $2 hot dogs, $2 popcorn and $1 fudge bars.
- Kansas is 29-8 in season openers dating back to the 1980-81 season. Inside Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks are 14-2 since 1996-97 when hosting the first game of the season.
- Sunday’s matchup marks the first time that the Jayhawks and Fighting Camels have played each other.
- Kansas Athletics is celebrating the 50-year milestone of women’s varsity sports, including one of the original six sports, women’s basketball. KU enters its 50th season after becoming a varsity sport in 1968-69 and has compiled a 799-614 overall record.
- The Jayhawks return seven letterwinners from a season ago and welcome seven newcomers to the 2017-18 roster. Kansas played four overtime games in 2016-17 and was 3-1 on the season in extended games. Under Schneider, the Jayhawks are 4-1 in overtime games.
- When Brandon Schneider-coached teams are leading with less than five minutes to play, his overall record is 357-12, and 11-0 at Kansas.
- In the Jayhawks’ final exhibition game against Pittsburg State on Sunday, Nov. 5, they shot 41.3 percent on 9-of-46 shooting.
- Junior guard Kylee Kopatich was the only Jayhawk in double-figures against the Gorillas and led Kansas against Pitt State with 18 points and seven rebounds.
- Redshirt-sophomore Tyler Johnson added nine points, two rebounds and three blocks in KU’s 57-50 victory over the Gorillas.
ABOUT THE JAYHAWKS
Kansas returns seven letterwinners from last season’s squad that finished the 2016-17 campaign with an overall record of 8-22. Additionally, KU welcomed seven newcomers to the 2017-18 roster, including three freshmen and four transfers. Coming off a solid junior season, guard Jessica Washington was posed for an All-American campaign in 2017-18, but a knee injury during the first week of practice will sideline the 2017 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year for the season.
With Washington out for the season, the Jayhawks will look to fill that scoring role with a combination of veterans and newcomers. Among the returners who will play a bigger role are senior forward Chayla Cheadle and junior guard Kylee Kopatich. Cheadle led the team in rebounds a year ago, averaging 4.7 boards. She started all 30 games, shooting 30 percent from the field. Kopatich also started every game of the 2016-17 campaign, averaging 9.5 points and 4.4 rebounds.
The incoming class of newcomers brings a wealth of experience and success to the program. Numerous players have won national or state titles or appeared in national or state title games. Many of these new Jayhawks have helped lead their former programs to great heights. In addition to success, the newcomers bring a great deal of length, size and athleticism to the team that head coach Brandon Schneider has been looking for.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING CAMELS
Campbell enters the 2017-18 season selected to finish the Big South Conference in third place behind defending regular-season champion Radford and Liberty. The Fighting Camels’ number three ranking marks its highest preseason position since they were voted third in the 2013-14 season. Campbell is coming off of a 21-10 campaign, including a 13-5 mark in league play, tying them for second in regular-season conference play.
Campbell returns nine players from the 2016-17 roster including second-team All-Big South picks senior guard Summer Price and senior guard Makala Rouse. Price led the Camels with 13.4 points per game, shooting 40.8 percent from the field as a junior. Rouse was second on the team with 9.0 points per game and led the team in assists, dishing out 2.7 assists per game in the 2016-17 season. The Camels also return junior forward Hannah Long who shot a team best 63.4 percent (83-of-131) from the field and grabbed 6.4 rebounds per game, good enough for second on the team in her sophomore campaign.
Campbell’s stat leaders are joined by returners Hayley Barber, Caroline Bowns, Alyshia Allison, Breanna Foster, Taya Bolden and Sarah Smith, who returns after sitting out her junior season due to injury. The Camels added six freshmen to its roster including Micaila Coleman, Ashlyn Hampton, Tatyana Carver, Kyra Davis, Julia Crocker and Lauren McNamara-Clement.
THIS DAY IN KANSAS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HISTORY
Record on Nov. 12: 0-1
When playing on Nov. 12, KU is 0-1. Iowa topped the Jayhawks, 63-49, in the championship game of the WBCA Classic (11/12/06) after KU couldn’t complete a second-half rally. Marija Zinic led the Jayhawks with 16 points and junior Taylor McIntosh added 10 rebounds and three steals.
PITTSBURG STATE LEFTOVERS
Kansas women’s basketball concluded its exhibition play with a 57-50 victory over Pittsburg State after fending off a second-half comeback attempt by the Gorillas inside Allen Fieldhouse. Junior guard Kylee Kopatich led the Jayhawks with 18 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and seven rebounds. Redshirt sophomore Tyler Johnson added nine points, three blocks and two rebounds in KU’s final preseason win.
A LOOK BACK AT SEASON OPENERS
Dating back to the 1980-81 season, Kansas owns a 29-9 record in season openers. The Jayhawks look to begin a new winning streak after losing 64-87 to Missouri State in last season’s opening game. The largest margin of defeat in a season opener for Kansas was 79 points after earning a 117-38 victory over Pacific Christian on November 21, 1981. Since 1980, the Jayhawks have posted a 18-3 mark inside Allen Fieldhouse.
TOUGH AND TOGETHER
Head coach Brandon Schneider has brought a “tough and together” culture to Allen Fieldhouse and Kansas women’s basketball. Schneider has vowed that his squads will compete and play together every day. Whether the Jayhawks are hitting the floor, flying over the scorers’ table or passing to a teammate, they will play tough and together until the final whistle blows.
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF KANSAS WOMEN’S SPORTS
The intercollegiate women’s sports department was created by the University in 1968 and began with six sports: women’s basketball, softball, volleyball, swimming, gymnastics and field hockey. An annual budget of $2,000 was provided in 1968 when Marlene Mawson was tasked with initiating a women’s intercollegiate athletics program. This budget was expected to cover all expenses for sports equipment, uniforms and travel. Mawson’s job duties involved coaching, administering the program and teaching in the Physical Education department. By 1975, the University had handed out its first athletic scholarships to women
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Named in honor the late Dr. F.C. “Phog” Allen, the Jayhawks’ head coach for 39 years, Allen Fieldhouse is labeled by many as one of the best places in America to watch a college basketball game. This astounding basketball monument has been home to Jayhawk basketball for 63 years, including the last 44 years for Kansas women’s basketball. Prior to 1973, KU women’s hoops played in Robinson Gymnasium. Over the last 49 seasons, Kansas women’s basketball has amassed a 417-186 (.693) record when playing in front of a home crowd.
KANSAS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Kansas is among one of the most televised women’s basketball programs in the country. The Jayhawks will have 26 games air on television during the 2017-18 campaign. KU will have two contests broadcast on FOX Sports Network, while every home game will be aired on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3.
The Jayhawks continue their nine-game homestand against Texas Southern on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., inside Allen Fieldhouse. KU’s matchup with the Tigers will air on the Jayhawk Television Network/ESPN3 and the Jayhawk Radio Network.
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